What is discriminatory harassment?

Discriminatory harassment means verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment.  

Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is prohibited. Harassment may occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty and student, supervisor and employee, student and student, staff and student, employee and employee, and other relationships with persons having business at, or visiting the educational or working environment. 

What is sexual harassment?

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities further defines sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination which is prohibited by state and federal law. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:  

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education, evaluation of a student's academic performance, or term or condition of participation in student activities or in other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions or other decisions about participation in student activities or other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of threatening an individual's employment; interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Sexual Harassment may involve:

  • Repeatedly pressuring an individual for dates or sexual favors
  • Repeatedly displaying sexually explicit visual material (calendars, posters, cards, software, and web sites)
  • Repeatedly giving or sending inappropriate gifts, calls, letters or e-mails
  • Promises or rewards (a better grade, or a promotion) in return for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking*
    *While all hostile environment sexual harassment is against the law, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating, violence, and stalking are also criminal acts and should also be reported to the campus or city police. 

What should I do if I think I have experienced or witnessed harassment?

To report an incident of Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, Harassment, or Discrimination, please visit here. You may also contact your campus representative.

Students contact:

Elton Dahn, 763-488-0229, ES 51
Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

Employees contact:

Victoria DeFord, 763-424-0955, ES 31
Chief Human Resources Officer


To read the policy in full, please see Minnesota State 1B.1 Non-Discrimination in Employment. For a list and text of all currently policies and procedures at NHCC, please visit here.